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Bullying and Students With Disabilities

Bullying and Students With Disabilities
Strategies and Techniques to Create a Safe Learning Environment for All

October 2013 | 152 pages | Corwin
Bullying is a growing issue of concern and a harsh reality facing many of today's schools. Teachers, parents, and administrators are all grappling with how best to address the problem and create a nurturing and inclusive school culture. In Bullying and Students With Disabilities, Barry McNamara presents both the relevant research and the practical tools that educators and families need to understand bullying, identify bullies and their victims, learn how to cope with bullies, and take part in the implementation of an inclusive schoolwide bullying prevention program that truly meets the needs of all students.

About the Author
1. What is Bullying?
What is Bullying?

Who are the Bullies?

Who are the Victims?

Schools and Bullying

What Causes Bullying?

What About the Rest of the Students?

Gender Differences



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2. Why Are Students With Disabilities Targeted?

The Nature of Disabilities

Classification of Students With Disabilities

Non-Categorical Approach

Classroom Placements


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3. How to Identify Bullies and Their Victims
How to Identify Bullies

How to Identify Victims

Types of Victims

Early Identification

Assessing the Problem


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4. Creating a Schoolwide Program
Components of an Effective Program to Reduce Bullying

Evidenced-Based Programs

Including all Students in a Schoolwide Program

Needs Assessment

Differentiate Content and Delivery

Vary the Method of Presentation

Use a Variety of Reading Material

Vary the Level of Difficulty

Teach Attending Skills

Teach Memory Skills

Managing the Collaborative Classroom


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5. What Every Teacher Must Do
Know Your District’s Policy

Modify the Schoolwide Program

Provide Instruction for Dealing With Bullies

Create a Kind and Caring Classroom

Provide Resources for Your Students

Collaborate With Families and the Community

Address Cyberbullying


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6. What Every Paraprofessional Should Know
Roles and Responsibilities

How to Intervene

Paraprofessional Handbook

Roles and Responsibilities in Bullying Prevention/Intervention



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7. What Every Parent Should Know
Signs Your Child Might be a Victim

What Should You Do?

What To Do if Your Child is a Bully

Be a Good Role Model

Provide Social Skills Training

How to Deal With Cyberbullying

Use Your Child’s IEP

Use Section 504v of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Best Practices for Parents

When to Seek Professional Help


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8. Teacher Supports And Techniques
Utilize the Existing PBS

Utilize a Collaborative Teaching Model

Create an Empathetic Classroom

Differentiate Instruction

Include Social Skills and Bully Prevention Into the Curriculum


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“It has long been known that students with disabilities are targets for bullying or exhibiting bullying behavior; this book provides information on how teachers, paraprofessionals and parents can address bullying with students with disabilities within the school wide program to meet the individual needs of the child and create a safer school environment.”

Barbara Hayhurst, Special Education Teacher
Lakevue Elementary, Nampa, ID

"This book is a must have for all schools. Bullying of students with disabilities is often unaddressed in many schools. This book provides sound advice and guidance to all school-based staff. It shines a light on a problem that often goes unnoticed."

Mary Reeve, Educational Administrator
Gallup McKinley County Schools, NM

"Dr. McNamara provides an excellent reference for teachers, administrators and parents regarding bullying in schools. His thoughtful discussion of the implications for students with disabilities offers significant insights into how and why a youngster's disability may make them a target for bullying as provocative victims. Educators and parents alike will benefit from the subtle yet important distinction between a provocative victim and their bully."

Patrick Harrigan, Deputy Superintendent
Half Hollow Hills Central School District, Dix Hills, NY

"McNamara addresses classroom and playground teasing, taunting and physical aggression aimed at atypical students. 'There is a very limited but emerging body of research that suggests that students with disabilities are more likely to be victims than their general education peers,' McNamara writes. 'Why are students with disabilities more likely to be targeted? The most obvious reason is their vulnerability.'

The book goes on to suggest how to create a schoolwide bullying prevention program, detail what every teacher should do and outline intervention and coping strategies."

Beth Whitehouse, Writer
Key features
  • Provides an overview of the research on bullying in schools and explains the key concepts of bullies, victims, and bystanders
  • Discusses the research regarding the incidence of bullying against students with disabilities
  • Explores the basics of typical schoolwide bullying prevention programs and demonstrates how these programs typically fail to serve as a helpful resource for students with disabilities
  • Presents a roadmap for implementation of a truly inclusive schoolwide program that serves the needs of all students
  • Includes examples of ways to modify the content and language of typical bullying prevention programs and use differentiated instructional strategies to create a prevention program that reaches all students
  • Provides teachers with guidance on specific intervention strategies and includes templates and checklists for program implementation and follow up
  • Describes the roles and responsibilities of paraprofessionals as they relate to bullying
  • Explains methods and techniques for teaching specific coping strategies to students who are victims of bullying

Sample Materials & Chapters

Table of Contents

1. What is Bullying?

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